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National workshop towards sustainable contractor development

Posted On Friday, 11 March 2005 02:00 Published by eProp Commercial Property News
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National workshop towards sustainable contractor development to establish a common framework for enterprise growth and sustainability

Ntopile KganyagoMidrand, 10 March 2005 – A common framework for sustainable enterprise development is the focus of a two-day national workshop convened jointly by the Construction Industry Development Board (CIDB), the Department of Public Works (DPW) and the Construction Education and Training Authority (CETA). 

“Addressing the workshop today, the Deputy Minister of Public Works MP Ntopile Kganyago stated that the construction industry is emerging from decades of decline into a period of significant growth and opportunity that is driven by government’s commitment to infrastructure and by increasing levels of public and private sector investment. “We believe that the industry will need to double its output over the next 10 years. This growth trajectory holds out significant opportunity for empowerment” the Minister said

The workshop has drawn together more than 150 delegates from public and private sector clients, development agencies, industry role-players and stakeholders in an effort to promote shared understanding, cooperation and commitment towards developing a consistent and effective approach to sustainable development and empowerment of contractors.
It is also aimed at reviewing progress since the 2000 stakeholder workshop and at refocusing strategy and effort to adapt to challenges in a changing environment.

“Our basic strategy, said the Deputy Minister, rests on two pillars; affirmative procurement that has created opportunity for black SME contractors and development interventions to address key constraints to emerging contractors. We must ask ourselves whether we have succeeded in creating opportunity and perhaps more importantly, whether the opportunities we are creating are sustainable”.

Clients and development agencies in the construction industry will present plans and lessons learned from strengths and weaknesses of their contractor development programmes. The workshop will seek to contextualise enterprise development within the framework of the BEE Act, the development framework provided by the CIDB’s Register of Contractors and Projects and the Construction Charter. In addition it will explore targeting strategies and funding opportunities.

 

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